‘Praying for Philadelphia’

By Bishop Peggy a. Johnson

I awoke this morning to news reports of yet another fatal shooting of an African American young man in an incident with law enforcement.  The streets of West Philadelphia have been filled with unrest and grief.  Videos of this young man’s mother are heart-wrenching, and we are numb with sadness for this continual bloodshed.  There are no words that adequately describe this pain but, “the Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” (Romans 8:26)

I call us, people of God, to pray for justice. Pray for peace.  Pray that the investigation of this incident will shed light and truth.  Pray that God will comfort the family of Walter Wallace and the many who have been injured and experienced loss during this tragedy.